Job Title:  Sr. Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, Domestic Distribution & Content Acquisitions

Department:  Business and Legal Affairs

New York, NY, US, 10036

Summary of Position

The Counsel or Sr. Counsel (depending on experience), Business & Legal Affairs for Domestic Distribution and Content Acquisitions is an accomplished, highly-skilled and strategically-focused attorney with experience providing legal counsel with respect to complex commercial transactions.


  • Draft, interpret, administer and support affiliate distribution licenses for all STARZ premium video product via all U.S. distribution platforms, including traditional (cable, satellite and telco), broadband and all other forms of new media platforms
  • Draft, interpret, administer and support content acquisitions from studios for use on all STARZ premium video product via all U.S. distribution platforms
  • Support all marketing initiatives for distribution ecosystem
  • Coordinate regulatory compliance of the STARZ premium video product
  • Coordinate with and support the Senior Executive Team and strategic corporate initiatives

Qualifications & Skills

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Admitted to the State Bar of New York or California
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in a major, reputable law firm focused on /transactional practice areas (IP transactions ideal but not required) and/or in-house at a video company
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and work under pressure against deadlines
  • Highly motivated, extremely detail-oriented, organized and able to work independently
  • Preference for candidates with working knowledge of various distribution architectures and applicable rights distinctions (including IP delivery platforms), copyright laws and/or licensing (but not required)

About the Company

STARZ (, a Lionsgate company, is a leading global media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ® service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. In 2018, STARZ launched its international premium streaming platform STARZPLAY, now LIONSGATE+, to provide subscribers access to bold, curated storytelling. LIONSGATE+, coupled with the STARZPLAY ARABIA joint venture in MENA and Lionsgate Play in South and Southeast Asia, has a footprint that extends across the globe. STARZ and LIONSGATE+ are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company.

Business Unit Overview

With the Company aligning its studio operations behind the growth of its streaming business, STARZ has become one of the pre-eminent modern premium global streaming platforms. Offering subscribers more than 7.500 television episodes, including STARZ original series and provocative documentaries, along with a broad catalogue of first-run movies, STARZ is taking the lead in delivering relatable premium content that makes it the platform of choice among a wide spectrum of female, African-American and other historically underrepresented audiences. Its focused brand, premium content and freedom from legacy relationships position STARZ at the forefront of the new bundles emerging throughout the media ecosystem, a compelling value proposition to complement virtually every kind of subscription platform.
Distinguished by its successful and focused content strategy, top programming, exceptional curation and speed to market, STARZ has quickly scaled its platform to become one of the most widely distributed and fastest-growing OTT services in the world, with OTT subscribers making up more than half of its global subscriber base. The company’s international premium subscription service, LIONSGATE+, offers subscribers access to bold, curated storytelling around the world. LIONGATE+ has a footprint that extends across the globe and continues to expand its network of distribution partners. In addition to its LIONSGATE+ markets, it reaches audiences in the Middle East and North African region through STARZPLAY ARABIA and in South and Southeast Asia with Lionsgate Play. The proprietary and highly-rated STARZ app, a proven hit with U.S. audiences, continues to roll out internationally.  

Our Benefits

  • Full Coverage – Medical, Vision, and Dental
  • Work/Life Balance – generous sick days, vacation days, holidays, and Impact Day
  • 401(k) company matching
  • Tuition Reimbursement (up to graduate degree)

EEO Statement

Lionsgate is an equal employment opportunity employer. All employees and applicants are evaluated on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws. In addition, Lionsgate will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. Lionsgate will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and federal law.  

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City